Sunday 25th July saw a fantastic Presidents Day for Brian Poole, where the weather thankfully stayed away long enough to see plenty of cricket, we were also delighted to welcome club Sponsors Stansted Labs & Carl Page in attendance as guests.
The MCC visited and played out a high scoring draw with the first team, MCC won the toss and batted first scoring 259/7 with Luke Kirsten scoring 100, Harry Shirt 84 with Andy Styan the pick of the bowlers taking 3-33.
Jack Sterland continued his phenomenal form hitting 84 from 73 balls, Dan Hagen supported the innings well with 71. A late collapse and heavy rain saw the match end in a draw with Chelmsford finishing on 225/8.
A big thanks to the MCC for visiting and playing their part in an entertaining game!
As part of Presidents we celebrated the life of Chelmsford legend Bob Shortman, Bob sadly passed away this year but his memory and legacy will stay with the club and all those that knew him forever. Bobs former Captain Barry Clayden gathered the troops together and played a T20 game against a combination of players that Bob had coached which was led by Rob Hayto.
The teammates batted first and posted 160 with David Thrift, Dave Hinsley & Paul Jones all rolling back the years showing that class is indeed permanent by scoring their 30 and retiring. Matt Cook, Tom Halsey & Craig Thompson were the pick of the bowlers.
The coached by Bob team got off to a blistering start with Neal Abhyankar & Imran Akhtar smashing their quick 30's and retiring. Spin duo Ian Hare & Keith Goodman tightened the screws in the middle order and some good death bowling from Neil Fergus & Simon Evans saw the Teammates win by 13 runs.
Barry Clayden & Nick Bailey who was captain of Bob's under 15's team both spoke beautifully about Bob and we were delighted to see the game played out in front of a large crowd, the day went extremely well and it was fantastic to see such a big crowd with lots of old faces turning up in support and to pay their respects to Bob.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made the day so special, as someone of volunteered so much of their own time to the cricket club, we certainly feel that Bob would have been proud of the day and have everyone come together.